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Grenade Attack On Aircel, Vodafone Showrooms in Kashmir

By Syed Basit

Unidentified gunmen Friday attacked two telecommunication showrooms located in the heart of Srinagar city with Chinese grenades, police said.

There was no report of any casualties though.

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Attackers asked the employees at Vodafone showroom to come out before blasting the office with live grenades, a police official said.

Minutes after this attack, the gunmen reached the office of Aircel near Batmaloo crossing and threw Chinese-made grenades after asking the employees out, he added.

The attacks on telecom showrooms come after a lull of several weeks.

Earlier this month, two grenades were tossed at a cell tower in Sopore, however they failed to explode.

At least six people were killed in the area in similar attacks on showrooms and cell tower installations in past couple of months.

Following the attacks, the tower operations closed down their operations.

Only after the police promised security, they resumed the services.

Police had blamed the breakaway faction of Hizbul Mujahideen for the attacks, a charge it had initially refused.

However, Hizb Chief Syed Salahudin on Thursday expelled Qayyum Najjar from the group for his alleged involvement in “gruesome murder of some people, character assassination of established separatist leadership and destruction of communication towers in Sopore.”

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